- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire environmental officials say the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant has agreed to fund design efforts for a potential extension of public water service into Bedford.

The agreement is in response to drinking water wells near the plant containing PFOA above state levels. The chemical has been linked to cancer and other illnesses.

The Pennichuck Corporation will complete the design work, which will include 61 properties. Water line connections to six properties also are being investigated.

The Department of Environmental Resources said Friday Saint-Gobain has made this commitment while the department continues to investigate other potentially responsible parties, who may also bear financial responsibilities. It says Saint-Gobain has done this because of their focus on public health of the local communities and their employees.

The DES is testing wells in the area to determine the full extent of contamination.

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